To Horace Mann
Lord Hyndford18 a green ribbon for it, above a fortnight ago. Muley (as Lord Lovel calls him), Duke of Bedford10, is, they say, to have a blue one, for making his own peace: you know we always mind home-peaces more than foreign ones. I am quite sorry for all the trouble you have had about the Maltese cats; but you know they were for Lord Islay, not for myself. Adieu ! I have no more time.
89. To HOEACE MANN.
You scolded me so much about my little paper, that I dare not venture upon it even now, when I have very little to say to you. The long session is over, and the Secret Committee already forgotten. Nobody remembers it but poor Paxton, who has lost his place1 by it. I saw him the day after he came out of Newgate; he came to Chelsea: Lord Fitzwilliam was there, and in the height of zeal, took him about the neck and kissed him. Lord Orford had been at Court that morning, and with, his usual spirits, said to the new ministers, ' So ! the Parliament is up, and Paxton, Bell, and I have got our liberty!' The King spoke in the kindest manner to him at his levee, but did not call him into the closet, as the new ministry feared he would, and as, perhaps, the old ministry expected he would. The day before, when the King went to put an end to the session, Lord Quarendon asked Winnington ' whether Bell would be
potentiary for concluding the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, 1748; Lord of Trade, 1748-49; Master of the Wardrobe, 1749-54, 1755-60 ; Secretary of State for the Southern Province, 1754-65; Joint Postmaster-General, 1765-66; d. 1770.
is John. Carmichael (1701-1767), third Earl of Hyndford; Envoy to Berlin, 1741; K.T., 1742; Envoy to Bussia, 1744-49; Lord of the Bedchamber, 1750; Ambassador to
Vienna, 1752, 1764. In recognition of his services in connexion •with, the Treaty of Breslau, he received from the King of Prussia an augmentation to his coat of arms, viz. the Eagle of Silesia, and the motto Ex bene merito.
19 The Duke of Bedford had not the Garter till some years after this. Walpole.
LETTER 89.—1 Solicitor to the Treasury. Walpole.